Off and On the Grid: Former Maine State Poet Laureate Baron Wormser

Posted Feb. 21, 2013, at 1:08 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME

For more information: Larissa Vigue Picard; 207-774-1822 x215;

Former Maine State Poet Laureate, Baron Wormser, kicks off National Poetry Month and reflects on his 20+ years in Maine living without electricity—and his reasons for eventually returning to life “on the grid.” The experience was the subject of his memoir, “The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid.” This presentation is part of an ongoing series of talks related to MHS’s current museum exhibit, Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine.

Maine Poet Laureate from 2000-2006, Baron Wormser is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose. For 25 years, he worked as a librarian for SAD 59 in Madison, Maine, and taught poetry writing at the University of Maine at Farmington. Since 2002 he has taught in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. In 2009 he joined the Fairfield University MFA program. He works widely in schools with both students and teachers.

Wormser has received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize along with fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2000 he was writer in residence at the University of South Dakota. He directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching at the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. Wormser currently resides in Cabot, Vermont.